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Learning from the past: epistemic generativity and the function of episodic memory

Boyle, Alexandria (2019) Learning from the past: epistemic generativity and the function of episodic memory. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 26 (5-6). 242 - 251. ISSN 1355-8250

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Abstract

I argue that the function of episodic memory is to store information about the past, against the orthodox view that it is to support imagining the future. I show that episodic memory is epistemically generative, allowing organisms to learn from past events retroactively. This confers adaptive benefits in three domains: Reasoning about the world, skill, and social interaction. Given the role of evolutionary perspectives in comparative research, this argument necessitates a radical shift in the study of episodic memory in nonhumans.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/jcs;jse...
Additional Information: © 2019 Imprint Academic
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 23:20
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/116590

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